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Caring for kids in an online world - Susan McLean

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  • Mon 4 Jul ’16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Wellesley College, 611a Marine Drive, Days Bay, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.50

Providing an entertaining, thought-provoking and practical talk on cyber safety. This session is for Parents and carers and will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.

Popular sites for youth – What are they?
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, kids games such as Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters. Skype, Twitter and the dangers of online games such as World of Warcraft. Apps such as KiK, Poke, and SnapChat.

What do kids do online? Where do they go? The difference between an ‘online friend’ and a ‘stranger.’

Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur?

Misuse of mobile telephones, email, skype, blogs, webcam. Including legal consequences and the possible criminal charges. What is cyber bullying and harassment?

‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images. What are the real consequences?

Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online.

Learn the lingo and be able to converse with your children in the language of cyberspace. Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the home.

The session will conclude with time for questions and Susan provides a range of useful handouts and information about where to go to access further up to date information.

Refreshments will be served following the talk. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. We look forward to welcoming you.

Introduction to Susan McLean:

Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. Widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ she was the first Victoria Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people. In 2003, she was the Victoria Police Region Four Youth Officer of the Year. She has also been awarded The National Medal and the Victoria Police Service Medal and 2nd Clasp.

Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and a practical down to earth element to her presentations. She is a mother who has had to live and parent in the digital age for many years so knows how tough it can be and knows all the tricks kids will pull to get what they want. She also has a unique understanding of the education system having worked with schools for over 20 years.

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